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LANO members: Download the latest free book summary about clearing up blurred lines between staff and board

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, LANO members can access this new book summary and others by CausePlanet.

Board and staff roles often become blurred, resulting in confusion and micro-managing. Author Jean Block has cleared up the murky division of labor between board and staff in The Invisible Yellow Line. She will help you create a space for improved communication and efficient use of volunteer and staff time.

Here are some highlights:

·       Ways to define and establish clear lines between board governance and management of the day-to-day operations

·       Ways to communicate with the staff, board and leaders in a well-defined, healthy way

·       Key responsibility lists in areas such as governance, management, finances, orientation, recruitment and planning  

Download this summary and hundreds of others in 3 simple steps:

1.     Visit

2.     Click on "Subscriber Log-in” at the top right corner, using your email and "Password1”.

3.     Click on "Visit the Summary Library” and download any title you like.

Questions? Email us at

Jean Block’s and other summaries are available FREE for dues-paying (General and Associate) members thanks to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

Tags:  CausePlanet  Page to Practice 

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Optimize Your Website To Enhance The Online Donation Process For Your Donors

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

Charitable giving is at an all-time high these days and online giving continues to steadily increase every year. Nearly 60% of donors age 66 and older are now making their contributions online, and this number is significantly higher for younger donors. With this in mind, it is imperative that organizations continue to optimize their online efforts, especially those that directly affect the donations that come in. Simple adjustments to your website and overall giving process can have a significant impact on your online donations and overall fundraising goals of the year:

  • Keep the Online Donation Process Within Your Website
  • Provide impact statements and stories
  • Make sure your "donate” button stands out
  • Revamp Your "Thank You” Process

By keeping your processes short, straightforward and under the same website, your online fundraising should see a positive growth. Read more on our blog!

Tags:  Fundraising  nonprofit  non-profits  online fundraising  website 

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AAAneurysm Outreach Appoints New Executive Director

Posted By J. B. Hunt, AAAneurysm Outreach, Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Orleans-based health agency AAAneurysm Outreach has announced the appointment of J B Hunt as Executive Director, according to Board Chair Barbara Guerard. Mrs. Hunt formerly worked in management, fundraising, disaster response and board development with American Red Cross.

"We look forward to continuing to expand our outreach and education programs for abdominal aortic aneurysms across the country,” Ms. Guerard said. She joins founder Sheila Arrington, of Prairieville.

Formerly a CPR and First Aid instructor, Mrs. Hunt is also currently an instructor trainer for disaster volunteers. Prior to her Red Cross tenure, Mrs. Hunt worked in fundraising, public relations and volunteer management with Junior Achievement, Campfire Girls and Boys, public radio and others and has been a volunteer board member with Leadership Monroe (Florida) and served on other state and national work teams. Her BS degree is in journalism, and she is a former reporter with the Tulsa World and the Claremore Daily Progress (Oklahoma).

About AAAneurysm Outreach

Founded in 1999 in Prairieville, Louisiana, AAAneurysm Outreach is the only non-profit that provides education, free health screenings and awareness of abdominal aortic aneurysms, and provides comprehensive outreach for at-risk individuals –-typically smokers, men and women over the age of 60, those with hypertension and people with a family history of the condition.




Tags:  LANO Career Center  leadership  louisiana  nonprofit  non-profits 

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 23, 2015
Registration is open for The Funding Seed's February workshop!

Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Details & registration
Thursday, February 5
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans

Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable donations- more than foundation grants and corporate gifts combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?  What can you do to ensure that your individual donor program is as successful as possible?

Register online

Registration $35. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat & pay at the door, email  For more on workshops and other services offered offered by The Funding Seed, visit  

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How To Engage and Retain Your Donors in 2015

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Engaging your donors throughout the year is key to retaining their donations as the months pass by. It is also key to convert first time donors into recurring ones. Recent studies show that the key to retaining donors in 2015 lies in constant communication with impact stories from your organization. Engage and retain your donors with these tips:

  • Show them their impact 
  • Share your plans for 2015
  • Create giving opportunities throughout the year

  • Don’t forget to thank them

Your donor relationships should be like your personal relationships, grow and nurture them by frequently communicating and sharing what you have been up to and what your next steps are. Ready to start engaging your donors? Go to CommitChange's Blog to view our full blog post!

Tags:  donor retention  Fundraising  nonprofit sector  online presence 

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LANO Announces Partnership with Southwest Airlines

Posted By Fairleigh C. Jackson, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Southwest Airlines Travel Scholarships

LANO is proud to partner with Southwest Airlines to offer our members a limited number of airline ticket scholarships for professional development opportunities. The scholarship is intended to assist with travel costs for nonprofit employees or Board members related to attending training sessions, conferences and educational programs. Ticket scholarships are available on any round-trip flight route offered by Southwest Airlines within the continental United States. For information on routes and cities serviced, please click here.

Applicant organizations must be 501(c)3 nonprofits and current members of LANO. A maximum of one scholarship per person and per organization will be awarded in each calendar year. Recipients will be required to submit proof of registration to the workshop or conference. Applications must be submitted via a form on LANO’s website and should be submitted at least three months (90 days) prior to the anticipated travel date.

Apply here and please direct questions or concerns to Fairleigh Cook Jackson, director of member services, at (225) 926-8732 or


Tags:  airline tickets  benefits  members 

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LANO members: Don't miss FREE author interview on branding coming up Jan. 29

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jeff Brooks, author of The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand: Motivating Donors to Give, Give Happily, and Keep on Giving, will be talking to us in a live author interview next Thursday, Jan. 29, at 11:00 Central Time.

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and Jeff Brooks at a webinar interview at your desk.

In this interview we will highlight:

  • the seven elements of a fundraising offer
  • the five elements that strengthen a fundraising offer
  • a powerful fundraising icon or image
  • the hallmarks of donor-focused communications
  • the structure and culture of a donor-focused nonprofit.


Register now for this FREE interview for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) This opportunity is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.

See more

See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Brooks’ book.

Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page ( and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”. Click on “Summary Library” to see The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand and over 100 other titles.


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Tags:  author interviews  CausePlanet 

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How to Captivate and Engage Constituents with Your Website

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, January 15, 2015



How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 1:30 p.m. CST


The nonprofit industry is constantly evolving—especially from a technological standpoint. Now more than ever, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of an effective communications plan. Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors on how you can captivate and engage your audience. Join Jay to discover:

  • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
  • The 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their websites.
  • 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online.
  • The #1 factor nonprofits should consider regarding search engine optimization.
  • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

Don’t miss this nonprofit-changing session led by Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers on websites and marketing for nonprofits.


Jay Wilkinson is a lifelong entrepreneur and longtime business owner. He sits on the board of several nonprofits and is an avid supporter of programs that provide leadership and enrichment programs for America’s youth. He speaks regularly on the topic of nonprofits and the web throughout the United States. He has appeared on CNN and other news outlets discussing how emerging technologies are shaping our future and is considered a leading authority on the impact of marketing on the web for nonprofits.




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Tags:  firespring  Fundraising  jay wilkinson  online fundraising  online presence  training  webinars  website 

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Volunteers needed for Coastal Forest Restoration project near Marrero, LA

Posted By Jenny Byrd, Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana, Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) is looking for volunteers to participate in a two-day Cypress forest restoration project at Jean Lafitte National Park on January 29th & 30th. Volunteers will help plant nearly 800 trees along spoil banks inside the park. These native trees will help combat the invasive Chinese tallow tree and over time, will produce new nesting habitat for Bald Eagles.  

Important information:

  • Directions and additional details will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail a few days prior to the event.
  • Due to the logistics of this event - registration will close at 9:30 am.
  • Please note the minimum age for volunteers is 13 and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Physical fitness is required. 
  • All equipment (gloves, shovels, life vests) and lunch and drinks (with vegetarian options) will be provided to all volunteers.
  • Be prepared to get DIRTY. CRCL will be providing knee boots upon request.

We require that all volunteers please register to let us know if you plan to attend.  If any additional members of your family/friends are attending, then they must also register


You can register to volunteer for any day by CLICKING HERE! 


Founded in 1988, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is driving bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through advocacy, outreach and restoration.  With the support of 20,000 members and volunteers, CRCL advocates for strong coastal policies and implements restoration projects across coastal Louisiana.

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Tags:  Environment  Volunteer Opportunity NOLA 

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CommitChange Continues to Work Toward Zero Cost Donations

Posted By Jason Nicosia, CommitChange, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, January 07, 2015

CommitChange Works Towards Zero Cost Donations

CommitChange, a social impact company that provides intelligent fundraising tools to nonprofits has announced that due to increased processing volume, has lowered its credit card fees from 2.9% per transaction to 2.4% per transaction. CommitChange does not take additional platform fees on donations processed through the platform, so the savings on credit cards fees will be passed directly to the nonprofit users. The result will be hundreds of thousands of additional dollars going directly to nonprofit users in 2015.

"Today's technology can change our world in unprecedented ways, but only if companies in our industry re-evaluate their business models. Donation skimming, hidden fees, and lock-in contracts make it harder for nonprofits to effectively raise money online. We're eliminating those business practices and calling out the people who engage in them.” says CommitChange CEO, Roderick Campbell. CommitChange is on track to process over $10,000,000 in 2015, so we plan to lower these fees even further.”

The St. Bernard Project switched to CommitChange prior to launching its biggest fundraising campaign of the year. "This was our most successful year to date; we can attribute much of that to the clear, intuitive interface that makes donating so much easier.” Says Ann Williams, Director of Development for the St. Bernard Project. "With the volume of online donations that we process, lower transaction costs will have a significant impact on our funds raised. We're switching all of our affiliates over this week and are looking forward to our best year yet.”

CommitChange recently released its first monthly subscription tier for its core fundraising suite and currently serves 300+ nonprofits across the country.  More than 9000 donors used CommitChange for their charitable giving in 2014.

CommitChange provides nonprofits with a full suite of integrated online fundraising tools, which can be managed from a single platform. CommitChange is venture backed by Mark Cuban, Tim Draper, and 500 Startups and headquartered in Oakland, California.


Jason Nicosia

Chief Marketing Officer


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